Mcgill Family History

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Mcgill Name Meaning

Scottish (Galloway) and Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Ghoill ‘son of the stranger’ (see Gall 1). Irish: short form of Gaelic names beginning with Mac Giolla ‘son of the servant (or devotee) of’ (see for example McElroy). Scottish: Anglicized form of Mac Ghille Mhaoil, otherwise Anglicized as McMillan.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Magill, Gill, Mckell, Mcfall, Mccall, Mcgirr, Mcgillis, Mcgillen

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Mcgill Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Mcgill name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Mcgill. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Mcgill Family Origin

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Mcgill Family Occupations

What did your Mcgill ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Mcgill occupation in the USA was Farmer. 31% of Mcgill's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Mcgill family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Mcgill.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Mcgill ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Mcgill Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 157,000 census records available for the last name Mcgill. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mcgill census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 20,000 immigration records available for the last name Mcgill. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 31,000 military records available for the last name Mcgill. For the veterans among your Mcgill ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Mcgill Life Expectancy

What is the average Mcgill lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Mcgill life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Mcgill in 1941 was 35, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Mcgill ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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